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I ran across this video that questions that validity of Learning Styles.  What struck me is that it focuses the research on learning information which is most of what happens in schools.  I would like to see the same analysis done on learning how to do things which is what business focuses on.  I welcome your comments.

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Here’s a fun little video on digital learners.  Give it peek and leave a comment

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Here’s a little something that I’ve been thinking about on learning styles.  I find that when I do a sales call or present a concept it often helps to create an analogy or find some visual way of presenting the content.  When I do it right, there’s an Ah! Ha! I get what you mean.

In golf, I know that there are some players who have learned by  watching great players swing.  They see the motion and tempo and can replicate what they see.  Others can’t in fact, they think they are doing the same thing but aren’t.  There are also feel players.  These players improve once they can feel what it’s like to do it right.  In fact, they learn more from their successes than failures.

So I think as you lay out a training curriculum it’s good to see if you are addressing these different learning styles and not getting into the rut of always doing it the same.

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I was listening to the radio the other day and I heard something interesting about top chefs.   The person being interviewed stated that most of the top chefs are visual learners.  He said that they learned by looking at how other chefs placed there hands and they created a new dish as well as needing to see what things looked liked.  He said they learned from images and not words.  Don’t tell me what to do show me. 

 He said there were some exceptions but by in large most great chefs are visual learners.  So I wonder if this holds true for other professions.  Do writers think in words or think in pictures?  I haven’t studied so I don’t really now but it’s a thought to consider.

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